The Chawner family of Blackburn, Lancashire, whom you may know from a less than successful appearance on TV’s The X Factor by daughter Emma and newspaper stories detailing every step of their eviction by the local council, have told Closer magazine they are too fat to work.

With both Mr and Mrs Chawner suffering health problems as a result of their weight, they claim they can’t afford fruit or vegetables and don’t have time to diet or exercise. However, Ms Chawner did disclose: “We all want to lose weight to stop the abuse we get in the street, but we don’t know how. Someone just needs to help us.”

She does not say the family had actually asked for help but it sounds like a call to action by primary care to us.